Although we are sadly still dealing with the impact of a pandemic, the GPI has managed to welcome researchers and visitors to the archive in a reduced capacity. We are grateful that we have been able to continue to share the amazing stories of the black and Asian communities in our care.
We are almost nearing the end of our Arts Council funded project Reaching New Generations. At the beginning of the year, we launched a new, easy to navigate website which highlights the individual archive collections as well as featuring original content such as a series of short films about the archive. We also published our first children’s book Dream to Change the World: The Story of John La Rose. Written and illustrated by the award-winning author Ken Wilson-Max, this wonderful introduction to the inspiring story of our co-founder is now available to purchase on our website. A second children’s book will be published next year.
It is also a great time to reflect on the important role the GPI has played in the production of several BBC productions over the past year. The first was the BBC film Education, one of the Small Axe series of films directed by Steve McQueen. The GPI contributed to three further BBC documentaries Subnormal: A British Scandal, Black Power: A British Story of Resistance and Uprising: Fire. All these programmes are still available to view on BBC iPlayer.
We are a charity and rely on grants and donations to keep the archive collections of Black British history open to everyone from the public.
Bank transfers can be made to
George Padmore Institute
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Account No: 00035060